In Memoriam – San Bernardino and Savannah

December 3, 2015:  today I am going to take a break from my routine philatelical posts to honor those victims of terror all over the world and their families who are coping with the loss of their loved ones.

Since September 11, 2001, the world has become an increasingly violent place with civilian and military casualties permeating our awareness on an almost daily basis.

I’m not just talking about the terrorist attacks inspired by political or religious extremism, but also the lone-wolf attacks in movie theatres and in our universities and workplaces, as well as the thousands of murders in our cities that go unreported or under-reported.

So, because my hobby of stamp collecting has given me a therapeutic outlet and a place to find some respite in a world that seems to be whirling out of control with each passing day, I do want to share a couple of stamps that give me hope and faith in humanity.

The first is a stamp issued by Israel in 1979 which honored the Israel-Egyptian Peace Treaty signed by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin – a treaty that has been honored to this day.

israel-egyptian peace treaty 1979

The second is the semi-postal stamp that was released by the United States which honored those first responders who selflessly served during the 9/11 attacks.

September 11 postage stamp

May G-d bring peace to the souls of those we have lost to terrorism and violence and bring comfort to those who mourn their loss.

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